As most of you are already aware, I am a power tool girl. While I certainly do have my favs, I’ve been without a miter saw for quite some time. But thankfully, not any longer!
Meet the newest member of my tool family… a Bosch miter saw with some pretty dreamy features! However the biggest perk is the space it saves due to a really cool arm.
This slick robot-like Bosch miter saw is all kinds of fancy with more features than I will ever use. However more is better than too little, right?
And of course, now I want to redo my workshop. Kinda like getting a new sofa for the living room…
And maybe I will! Or at least a refresh.
However, first things first…
(my old clunker)
(what a difference!)
Last winter, my 30+ year old simple chop-styled miter saw (seen above in better days) broke while I was cutting a big chunky irregular branch. The kickback I received not only completely freaked me out, it broke the blade safety guard shield, which in turn shut the machine down.
I honestly don’t know if the entire saw broke or if it just needed a new guard. However since this beast was so old and cut with such limitations, I put it on the curb and let it go.
Thing is, the break kinda traumatized me. The kickback had been so fierce I didn’t desire to look at another tantrum-inducing miter saw for a good long time!
I limped along with my even more limited jigsaw. However, I knew being afraid wasn’t a good long term solution.
So I started looking. I waited for a deal. I waited for clarification through reviews I was buying ‘the best’. Newspaper ads were read and online deals confused me weekly with their crazy-train rotating prices.
I also visited some big box stores. And got little to no help nor guidance on the sales floor. Store samples were chained up at a height that was too high to play with, with some models still boxed. How in the WORLD could I shop like that?!
So I didn’t.
Until a deadline approached. I was to lead a sign workshop that required me cutting enough wood to warrant revisiting this issue once again.
I needed a saw. NOW. Gulp.
It was only then I remembered a recommendation made by my brother long ago.
“If you want help, go to Abbotsford Tools. You’ll get exceptional help and they WILL answer ALL your questions.”
I’ve written about them before when I bought my Bosch palm sander HERE. So the next time I went into that town, I made the stop.
No, there are not sales. No, this is not a sponsored post. However I recieved more one-on-one advice than I’ll ever utilize, and all the saws were displayed at table height so you would play with each one.
Someone’s finally thinking here.
A place like this is worth their weight in GOLD. Especially if you aren’t sure what you need and require sound advice.
In 15 minutes I had my new toy loaded in the back of my truck. Put together, and unwrapped. Yes, all that too.
And here is my new toy I brought home. Isn’t it pretty?!
Why I chose it
This Bosch miter saw was selected for the slider arm extension AND the fact that there are no sliding bars behind the saw that take up a bunch of room.
My workshop space is tight, and this saw fit on my table perfectly, thanks to the compact axial glide mechanism that resembles a robot arm.
The saw can scoot right up to the wall, which is SUCH a space saving perk!
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with Sliding extension with Axial Glide Mechanism
Why I love it
12″ blade – I didn’t want any limitations this round!
Slider extension to cut larger pieces of wood – never had before
Less space required due to Axial Glide Mechanism – it fit perfect!
Glides sooooo super smooth! super important if you don’t have big, strong arms.
The extender arm doesn’t gunk up with sawdust like bars do
Saw head spring isn’t so tight. Little effort required to pull down to cut. I liked that!
It’s heavy, so best in a stationary location. I’m good with that.
Doesn’t come with a laser, however I can apparently purchase one.
Expensive at $800ish Canadian.
Once home, the first thing I did was screw the saw to the table top.
Then take pictures before it got dirty. 🙂
Then I cut my first piece of wood.
Whoosh… the soft whir of the blade met with a light puff of air like a mini blow dryer called it done. It was like cutting butter in comparison to my other clunky saw.
I’ve also never ever had anything to clamp down the wood before so I was grateful for this fancy-to-me perk!
And then I proceeded to cut and cut and cut until I had about 18 mini arrow sign blanks for the workshop I was about to teach.
While I giggled the entire time. New, quality tools fascinate me.
And here were the beautiful results! Everyone, meet a few wonderful Canadian Fusion Mineral Paint merchants!
I brought ALL my Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils along to play with and guided everyone through some of my own authentically looking old sign steps. They chose their one desired word to make their sign uniquely theirs, then we played with Buffalo Check for the arrow tips, held to the sign blank with a rusty junk hinge.
The event was hosted at Homeworks Etc, a lovely paint, home decor and workshop store run by Jaqueline, located in Cloverdale, British Columbia Canada. Such a beautiful shop, and this girl knows her stuff!
I also led another workshop on how to create an effective business presence on social media to get the most bang for the least amount of buck.
Now that I’m thinking about it, these two workshop topics would make terrific blog posts… now on the list!
Here’s a mini video clip (click picture above) when I first brought this guy home!
Anyway, miter saws are my #1 saw of choice in the whole wide world and I feel every home would do well by having one.
Do you need a new one?
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